Am sort of back from hiatus, but haven’t been playing any otome games at all… as a matter of fact, I’ve been sucked into Portal. The official site doesn’t really explain what sort of game it is, so go to Wikipedia. I started playing Portal since the second game was coming up, and I thought I wanted to finish the first game before moving on to the second one. My post will mostly be about… well, me converting into a Portal fangirl. Hard.
Ever had a feeling that you’re liking and enjoying a game so much that you don’t want it to end? Well, Portal was that for me. At the start I was playing because my other half tried so bad to convince me that it’d be fun. And seeing as how the second game has a co-op functionality, I thought it’s not bad to play and try the co-op component. So I was playing co-op in Portal 2 while playing the story for Portal 1, and continued with the story in Portal 2 after completing both the co-op and Portal 1. A bit out of order, but well.
One of the thing I liked about Portal was how it didn’t rush you. The game’s content to let you stand there or walk around examining your surroundings as you try to figure out the solution to the puzzle. In fact, as you stand around, the dialogues get funnier and funnier… but definitely not the game for you if you dislike solving physics-based puzzles.
The best part where Portal shone though, was the dialogues. I love the sarcastic, black humour they employed in Portal 1 & 2. That the main character was your traditional mute didn’t detract from the enjoyment. There’s a reason why GLaDOS won video game awards for best character. Sample dialogue from Portal: “The Enrichment Center promises to always provide a safe testing environment. In dangerous testing environments, the Enrichment Center promises to always provide useful advice. For instance, the floor here will kill you. Try to avoid it.” And another sample from Portal 2: Oh, in case you get covered in that Repulsion Gel, here’s some advice the lab boys gave me: [sound of rustling pages] “Do not get covered in the Repulsion Gel.” We haven’t entirely nailed down what element it is yet, but I’ll tell you this: It’s a lively one, and it does not like the human skeleton.
It’s rather hard to explain how and why I love Portal so much… all I know is that I’m addicted, and I’m typing this at work all the while thinking I’d really love to go home early today to play Portal… either continuing Portal 2 or replaying Portal 1 from the start.
For some samples of what the humour is like, go to the Media & Downloads section in the official site and watch some of the promotional videos. And if you have the cash to spare and you like solving puzzles, get the first game. I think it’s around $10 on Steam.
As for me… I’m still trying to figure out a way to buy Portal-related merchandise without spending a fortune on shipping… hoodie, plushie, t-shirt, mug, posters…
and I don’t even need any of these.
Anyways. No otome game for me until I’ve had my fill of Portalicious goodness. For science!